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New Project with Global Potential in Infant Health seeks Volunteer Advisers

By Charles Ajayi | 19 Apr, 2016

Hello Group,
My dream and baby, an innovative health IT company established in 2013 and based in Montreal (Canada), has put together a multidisciplinary group, made up mostly of young volunteers and students, to work on a project to develop the most innovative incubator yet for use in developing countries. The 'baby care simplifier', as it is fondly called, has the potential to be used in countries with very high infant and neonatal mortality rates. We also have other consultants on the team, including an epidemiologist, a client relations expert, a data scientist and a clinical researcher. The project's lab opens in May, marking the formal commencement of the design phase which brings together the different thoughts, designs and side work of all the team members.

We seek to create an advisory group. Please reply to this thread if you are interested in joining the project's advisory group, or if you just want to know more about what we are doing. Thanks.

Charles Ajayi, MD
Consultant (International Health)
& Health IT Entrepreneur



arnab paul Replied at 11:37 PM, 19 Apr 2016

Hi Charles,
Glad to know about your project 'baby care simplifier'. During my MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Aberdeen, UK I was really intrigued by the Infant mortality rates in the developing countries. My thesis was on the topic of Child mortality rate in India and its position in regard to MDG goals.
I would be glad to join the advisory group. i am

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arnab paul Replied at 11:42 PM, 19 Apr 2016

I am highly interested to know more about your project and be a part of the advisory group.
Best Wishes

Niamh Darcy Replied at 12:12 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Not sure if you have connected with some of the doctors at JNMC in Belgaum, Karnataka State, India, who have been doing a lot of work in the area of neonatal mortality. The Global Network for Women's and Children's health has been doing research since early 2000 in the area of women and children's health in many sites all over the world. It may be interesting to connect with them on the incubator...


George Otto Replied at 12:17 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Your project interests me as my country has high infant mortality. I would
like to join.

Ralph La Tella Replied at 12:56 AM, 20 Apr 2016

I think this is a most worthwhile project. I would like to join also.

Elie NZIYOMAZE Replied at 1:04 AM, 20 Apr 2016

An amazing project ,
Highly interested to know more about it !

Neeraj Bedi Replied at 1:21 AM, 20 Apr 2016

I would like to join the group as my country India is looking forward to reduce IMR.
Thanks !

Mebrie Belete Replied at 1:37 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Hello Charles,very helpful project to reduce IMR. I am grateful to know more on this and to join as wellkindly keep in touchMebrie BeletePublic Health Specialist,  Amref Health Africa-EthiopiaSkype: mebrie.belete88

Prativa Basnet Replied at 2:04 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Hi Charles,

I would like to join your team and learn more about the project.

Prativa from Nepal

raquel Gonzalez torres Replied at 2:15 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Really needed and interesting project. I am a midwife and consultant
specialized in organizational management, from hospitals to any other
health setting level. I have been working in several European countries,
Asian and African. I was collaborating with WHO HQ in order to set up a new
perinatal indicators tool worldwide.
Really interested in this, so please contact me.

Anuradha Katyal Replied at 2:58 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Both Charles, to know more and join! Good luck

Usman Raza Moderator Emeritus Replied at 3:07 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Dear Charles,

This sounds interesting!

I have experience in maternal child health project planning and execution in Pakistan, targeted towards reducing IMR and MMR. I would be glad to contribute. My profile is available at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/uraza

If you are also looking to include Ob/Gyn and/or Peds clinicians with experience of working in developing countries, do let me know and I may be able to help.


Vikas Arora Replied at 4:05 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Sounds interesting. Would like to know more details.

Naglaa Arafa Replied at 4:06 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Dear CharlesThanks for this exciting initiative! I am an epidemiologist and I am definitely interested in working on databases and indicators for reducing perinatal and neonatal mortality.We're looking forward to hearing more details from you.  Dr. Naglaa Ahmed Shawky Arafa Assistant Professor of Community Medicine Ain Shams University Egypt

Syed Shah Replied at 4:13 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Hi Charles Pakistan is having one of the high IMR. I would like to join the
advisory group.

Michelle Kiprop Replied at 6:08 AM, 20 Apr 2016

I'm very interested in following this project and especially learning about your final product. I'm an American Family Nurse Practitioner serving in rural Kenya. Please keep me on the update list if you have one A number of years ago I developed a makeshift baby-warmer using a space-heater and homemade warmer/resuscitation unit. It requires close monitoring with someone turning the heat on and off, but we did see a big drop in our morbidity and mortality with more aggressive warming and resuscitation of babies in crisis at birth in our facility.

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varduhi ghazaryan Replied at 8:25 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Would be glad to contribute!

Josephine Najjuma Replied at 8:47 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Hi Charles,

Thank you for the innovation.
I am from Uganda where Infant mortality is high!.
I am happy to join the advisory team. email me at

T. Liale Honore Replied at 9:20 AM, 20 Apr 2016

I am Liale Honore, ENT clinical officer.
From Cameroon. Infant mortality is a problem here too.
As a clinician and assistant ENT surgeon, I have contributed in saving children's life and so reducing mortality rate.
My experiences may be of help to you.
I am happy to share are learn from you.

Anna Smith, MPH Replied at 10:04 AM, 20 Apr 2016

I run a high risk OB service line for pregnant women in Kansas City, Missouri
for primarily uninsured and under-insured patients with multiple
co-morbidities. Would love to participate in this conversation.

Alakananda Bagchi Replied at 10:37 AM, 20 Apr 2016

Hello Charles.... Its a great idea. I dont know if you have heard of the
"Embrace" infant warmer designed by 4 Stanford students?
Heres a link to their project... they travelled around Nepal & India to do
their ground work. Its interesting!

Agbons Oaiya Replied at 11:39 AM, 20 Apr 2016

A fascinating project, and happy to join.

Grace Salas Replied at 12:09 PM, 20 Apr 2016

Hi ,

I'm a Technology Expert and very interested in joining the group and
learning about your project .

Viviana E Rodriguez Replied at 12:35 PM, 20 Apr 2016

Hi Charles, I'm an Infectious Diseases Specialist, certified in Patient Safety (NPSF). I'm really interested to know more about the project, and help, if I could. My son was born with 28 weeks so, I've been in "the other side" of the field. Fortunately, we were in very good hospital, but, in my country, Argentina, there are a lot of sites that can't perform good care for preterm babies. Please let me know what could I do for the project.
Best wishes, Viviana

carolina caccese Replied at 12:59 PM, 20 Apr 2016

Hello TEam!!!!!, i would love to join the program, from Argentina looking forward for the instructions !!!!!!

Joaquin Blaya, PhD Moderator Replied at 6:03 PM, 20 Apr 2016

@Memli, I've placed your response in this thread. If you change the subject
of email then it creates a new discussion, so please don't change the

Memli Morina
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Hello Charles,
I am an ob/gyn from Kosovo. We have quite high natality and high neonatal
mortality. I am involved on this issue trying to improve antenatal care,
improve skills of professional who deal with obst. emergencies and give
information to pregnant women on normal signs and risk signs of pregnancy.
I would be happy to join the group.


Charlene Ronquillo Replied at 4:32 AM, 21 Apr 2016

Exciting to see the great amount of interest in this project!

I would also be interested in learning more and potentially working as part of the group. I am a nurse by training and my academic background is nursing informatics, mobile health technologies, with interest in global health.

Profile: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=6qKKv3EAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Charles Ajayi Replied at 8:33 AM, 21 Apr 2016

Dear Colleagues,
I am overwhelmed and so glad with all the responses received so far! It proves to us, the managers, the inventors (a multi-disciplinary team of including professionals (medical doctor, epidemiologist, data analyst, HR specialist, Mechanical Engineer) and 5 Canadian engineering and accounting undergraduate students) that there is so much passion out there to save the millions of babies who die annually. It is so exciting and fulfilling to know that we are not alone in our plans and efforts to innovate around EPCMDs, and that you all are willing to support us with great professional advice. I will personally reach out to everyone who has posted a response and indicated interest in joining our advisory group. I encourage you all to visit our website www.mistinnovatecanada.com and also see our 'very preliminary' 3D rendition of the 'baby-care simplifier' (formally named the Apollo-Innobator 1 System) which gives a 2 minute rendition of the project the company is working on. This video was created last year and while we have moved steps ahead, it is still summarizes our work in simple language.

On the same website, there is a pdf document that gives more details of the project. I have posted a summary in the subsequent post as well. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at . Thank you all!

Charles Ajayi

Charles Ajayi Replied at 9:20 AM, 21 Apr 2016

The Apollo-Innobator is still work in progress and we appreciate the length of time, hardwork and resources that go into projects like this. Our team is appropriately positioned for success, and the children we loose everyday, from preventable causes at birth, are our driving force. This is why we need an advisory group so that we can harness global expertise and learn from the experiences of experts, policy makers, previous patients and potential mothers and patients from across rural North America, Africa and Asia. Potentially, we are all affected by continually high infant and maternal deaths and it is time for young people, students mentored by professionals, private sector and businesses to be more actively involved through uncommon innovation and harnessing talent.

About Mercyflow Innovative Systems and Technologies (MIST) Inc.
MIST Inc stands for Mercyflow Innovative Systems and Technologies (MIST Inc.), a young Canadian company with headquarters in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada and technology laboratory located in Montreal, Quebec. MIST Inc. is a company (small business for social innovation) with headquarters in Etobicoke, ON, Canada. A projectized, customer motivated and environment conscious company focused on application of technology products in health services, MIST Inc is an integrated health solution services provider that also works with wearable health technology. MIST aims to be the Canadian company of choice driving implementation of innovative and simple technological solutions for rural, low and middle income countries (LMICs) globally.

About the Apollo-Innobator System
Innobator System is comprised of custom-made, inexpensive equipment that function as incubators and baby/ neonatal-care simplifiers with simple sensors. These are controlled over Bluetooth and secure internet/ Wi-Fi network using an Android phone App that also doubles as a workflow, patient scheduling, health outcomes tracking and follow-up tool for health providers. The custom-made incubator/ neonate care simplifier is a beautifully designed and transparent equipment with a comfortable baby tray made from antibacterial materials and a strut on wheels. While the heating system, humidifier and air circulation are provided with emergency switches for safety, the control of the incubator environment and baby vitals is done, through a smartphone (android or iOS). Innovative networking of these incubators over secure Internet eliminates the cost of incorporating expensive digital dials or electronic displays. Some models of the Apollo-Innobator System will feature innovative phototherapy units and lighting systems. In addition to other efficiencies gained, the material cost of building each one can be reduced significantly. Compared with the standard prices of existing incubators, Apollo - Innobators is expected to provide quality care for babies and infants in resource poor countries at between 5 – 10 % of the market price of standard incubators.

Some of the unique features of Apollo-Innobator System include:
1. Cost and performance competes with other innovations
2. Simple, easy to use controls on any smartphone
3. Emergency control/ stop system
4. Mobile with lockable wheels
5. Sensors are simple and automatically measure, analyzer and record vital signs such as body temperature, internal (environment temperature), internal humidity, pulse rate, respiratory rate and orientation.
6. Each incubator has its own embedded, blue-tooth enabled android-based system for vitals and statistics monitoring.

steven mtewa Replied at 9:28 AM, 21 Apr 2016

I am a Biomedical technician , I have technology that you can use to monitor tempature of the baby warmer using your smart phone. Feel free to contact me at

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Leeda Rashid Replied at 5:43 PM, 21 Apr 2016

Sounds very interesting. I 've been working with a neonatal hypothermia
device called Embrace. http://embraceglobal.org

We deploy this as a hypothermia solution in Afghanistan. I'd be interested
in exploring the kind of innovation you are looking at. In particular we've
developed a strong M and E team and have a lot of feedback regarding pain
points etc.

happy to chat anytime.

Saa Fillie Replied at 8:50 PM, 21 Apr 2016

Thanks in advance to GHD online for creating this platform in a bid to bring together diverse Professionals from all works of life in a bid to contribute to Human existence on this earth. I thanked all medical practioners that have showed interest also in the fight against diseases on this planet

Naphtal Nyirimanzi Replied at 1:41 AM, 22 Apr 2016


I found this project very interesting. it is a good initiative which will help us (health professionals) working in developing countries particularly Africa.
I will be happy to join the group.
Thank you.

Saa Fillie Replied at 7:58 AM, 22 Apr 2016

Thanks for this great innovation. I am a Sierra Leonean currently residing in USA and our country was badly hit by the Ebola Pandemic disease. As with a background in IT & Telecommunication Engineering Management, our country is just recovering from a ten years of civil war that completely destroyed our human, health, and infrastructural capacities. I am also looking for a "Pathway" as ICT would be integrated into the Education and Healthcare Ecosystem of Sierra Leone.
Colleagues, kindly help me to find a way.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 8:10 AM, 22 Apr 2016

Saa, please sign and join OpenMRS Talk (https://talk.openmrs.org/). The OpenMRS group were intimately involved in the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.
When registering ask for details from Dr Jonathan Tiech, Dr Hamish Fraser and Dr Andrew Kanter who have slide sets and papers on that work.

Emmanuel Benyeogor Replied at 9:27 AM, 22 Apr 2016

Thanks Charles for the invitation. I'd be Glad to be part of your team and function as an epidemiologist in training in Nigeria, West Africa.

Charles Ajayi Replied at 1:04 PM, 27 Apr 2016

Hello Group,
The link to register for our Introductory and pilot Webinar is attached. The registration form also allows you to indicate your interest in joining our Virtual Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group. Thank you for your support and interests.


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Esther Stephen Lubambi Replied at 10:34 AM, 28 Apr 2016

Hi Charles,
I am very interested in the topic area.I am a Tanzania working in a
perinatal outcome improvement program in our country and specifically
analysing the exact causes of perinatal deaths and what can be done to
reduce/eliminate them.

Wendy Leung Replied at 11:37 AM, 28 Apr 2016

Hi there! Fascinating project and knowing that it is originating from my home country, well done! I would like to know more about your project. Thank you!

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 5:11 PM, 28 Apr 2016

Hi Esther, I am from the OpenMRS group who are in Tanzania so it would be worthwhile seeing if you can link in with them. https://talk.openmrs.org/
Also a group from my City (Launceston) called Care For Africa are working in Tarime. http://careforafrica.org.au/

Nicholas Connor Replied at 7:16 AM, 29 Apr 2016

Greetings Dr. Ajayi,

I'm a Canadian/Irish neonatal health researcher formerly of icddr,b in Dhaka and presently with the MRC-Gambia, based in London. I have coordinated a multi-country study on neonatal infection and have toured many NICU's around the sub-continent and have experience in a variety of hospital settings. I am interested in advising on this if you're still looking.

Best Regards,

Nicholas Connor,

here's my LinkedIn profile

Francis Ohanyido Replied at 7:46 PM, 29 Apr 2016

Dear Dr. Ajayi,

It would be great to know more about this your innovation and be part of your volunteer advisers.

Francis Ohanyido


Vivek podder Replied at 7:07 AM, 30 Apr 2016

I am from Bangladesh and a medical student. Though i am less oriented to the project but after seeing peoples and knowing some information's, i am so much enthusiastic to joint it and hence, i completed the application.

venancio nhancume Replied at 3:05 AM, 1 May 2016

I'm in Mozambique, where the infant mortality is higher. Your project would well come for us. I'd like to become a member

Joseph Bonney Replied at 5:46 AM, 1 May 2016

Hi hi,
Sign me up will be interested in joining the project.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 8:08 AM, 2 May 2016

To Esther Stephen Lubambi.
Dear Esther, I had an interesting conversation with a colleague today who asked me a question about a "Dr Lubambi" in Tanzania following his noting your input on GHDonline. My colleague is Dr John Wettenhall who works in Tanzania in Turime with the aid group Care For Africa. Is their a link with you and that person? Terry

FICARD NDAYIMIRIJE Replied at 8:33 AM, 2 May 2016

Thank you

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Meika Bhattachan Replied at 4:00 AM, 3 May 2016

Greetings from Nepal,

Congratulations for bringing an idea which has spread as a platform for all young enthusiast volunteers and experts to come and work together for vulnerable population as infants. I am a community physician with my experiences inclined towards paediatric population. I look forward to working with this team.

Best wishes,

Menyanga Abu Replied at 7:26 AM, 3 May 2016

Good day Ajayi,I am interested in being member of the advisory committee/Volunteer Advisers.Menyanga Abu

Joaquin Blaya, PhD Moderator Replied at 9:16 AM, 10 May 2016

I know of a few projects that hace very similar ideas for providing
neonatal incubators, most of which have had limited success in getting them
out to the field mostly due to market forces rather than bad designs. I
would encourage you to learn from them.

The one I know the closest is Otter by design that matters (
http://www.designthatmatters.org/otter) which has worked with the MIT D-lab
for some time. There's a video of why their initial design didn't go to
scale as well (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpldYJ3sSIo) mostly because
of manufacturing and business model, which I think will be very useful for
you. You might also want to reach out to Tim Prestero, one of the lead
designers there.

A similar project is Embrace (http://extreme.stanford.edu/projects/embrace),
and also an article (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-23817127) which
describes that product as well as the kangaroo method (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_care and
which has been effective worldwide.

Joseph Eton Replied at 4:49 PM, 12 May 2016

Interested. Joseph Eton

*Mal 3:6* For I Jehovah change not, and ye, sons of Jacob, are not
consumed. <http://www.spancobpo.com/>

Emmanuel Benyeogor Replied at 2:54 AM, 20 May 2016

Hi Charles,

It's May, I am writing as a follow up to the project proposed to have commenced this month. May we have any available update.


Charles Ajayi Replied at 3:20 AM, 21 May 2016

Hello Group,
Thank you, Emmanuel, for requesting an update on the Apollo-Innobator.
2 weeks ago, we had our first series of webinars specifically for those who indicated interest in supporting us (through the AIVAG- Apollo Innobator Virtual Advisory Group) by filling out the registration forms which could be accessed through the link I provided. Sincere thanks from the Maplebrand Tech Lab team to all potential advisors who joined us. We are in the process of finalizing a ToR and sharing a detailed plan with them. The AIVAG launches on June 15.

We will continue to provide updates through this forum, and share some of our questions and findings for the general group. Understandably, we cannot share specific details of the project design and progress on this forum. However, we plan to notify the group as each milestone is completed.

We had the project kick off meeting on May 5 and the team officially started the design phase on May 9. It is progressing beautifully. Our Laboratory is also receiving some new touches and we are presently equipping. Our research team will visit a couple of locations, starting in July, to commence discussions with stakeholders and assess gaps and opportunities for improvement of our design.


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